Naziq al-Abid: the Syrian Joan of Arc (1898-1959)



Naziq al-Abid had one of the best resumes ever: spoke five languages, started the Syrian Red Crescent (and half a dozen other organizations), first female general in Syrian history, and possibly held the world record for greatest number of times sent into exile. For what, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to read on to find out.

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Achilles goes up to the counter, oozing confidence. He orders two venti caramel macchiatos. “That’s a lot of coffee,” says the barista. “Are you sure you can handle it?” “Of course!” cries Achilles. “I’m practically immortal!”
He gets the drinks and begins to walk out of the store. He trips over the threshold, and a little bit of the scalding hot coffee spills down the back of his leg. He dies immediately.